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Valentines Day

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Valentine’s Day for some means stress and worry while others seem to always know what to do.  Here are some thoughts on how to select the proper Valentine gift for your sweetheart and ideas on what to do on this day of love and romance.

New Couples:

You’ve just started to date someone new and here it is Valentine’s Day already, what do you do now?  You first should acknowledge the fact that yes, it’s Valentine’s Day.  You don’t need to go wild over a day that is slated for “love” if you’re really not “in love” but you probably still should acknowledge the day with her.  Here are a few thoughts and ideas to get you started.

THE GIFT:

Many times a simple “funny” Valentine card is nice, no mushy stuff just a mere acknowledgement of the holiday.  If you would like to give her a little more, they always have those small token boxes of chocolates.  Don’t go with the heart shaped ones yet if you’re not comfortable with that just a simple square or rectangle box of chocolates.  Perhaps you have already learned of her favorite sweet and if so you could always get a big box of those if you would like.  I personally love Twizzlers and it would be perfectly acceptable to receive those with a funny card from someone I just started to date.  There is nothing “love” about either item, just an acknowledgment of the date on the calendar.

THE DATE:

This is an opportunity for you to keep it on the “DL” or to even push the envelope forward a tad.  Keep your  “date” activity lively.  Pick up some tickets to your local big league basketball or hockey team and if you’re not in the area for professional sports, grab a local college game or even a reservation at the local comedy club.  You’re among “people” not couples and therefore a great time can be had.  Not into sport watching, try your skills at perhaps a night at the roller skating rink or bowling.  Select an opportunity to be surrounded by groups of people and not be pressured by trying to be a “couple”.  Perhaps you want to step up the mood, feel free to start the night off by dinner at a local restaurant and head out to an evening of fun activity.  Before you know it you’ll be laughing and enjoying each other’s company and perhaps even sharing a few kisses before the evening ends.

LONG TERM COUPLES:

You’ve been dating for months and for some it has actually turned into year(s).  For these couples we describe them as long term couples.  These groups of sweethearts probably have the most pressure on them for delivering the goods on Valentine’s Day; and by using the word “goods” some girls are expecting just that!  If you are feeling the urge by all means go forward and pop the question but if you’re not, don’t fall to the pressure of the moment.  Stick to plans that are comfortable with your relationship and add the element of romance.

THE GIFT:

In this relationship, it will be necessary to bring on the Valentine’s Day card, the bouquet of roses or flowers and yes don’t forget the Heart Shaped box of chocolates!  We’re talking long term relationship here and this is where you really need to acknowledge the holiday.    If you’re really into making this a perfect night, don’t forget the bottle of your favorite wine.

THE DATE:

Make this date more than a quick dinner and a trip back home, think it over and choose a real restaurant; one that has a real waiter and cotton tablecloths!  Perhaps it’s both of your favorites or one that you love to go to but because of the cost you rarely do.  Make reservations early; then begin pouring over the movies coming to your local theater.  Do you like romance comedies, dramas or wide open action filled movies?  (She would most likely prefer the romance chick-flick types – sorry!)   If you’d like to go back home and relax a bit after dinner, be sure you bring along a couple of DVD’s to choose from so you can sit back, light the fireplace and enjoy that bottle of wine you so thoughtfully brought to her at the beginning of the date.

MARRIED COUPLES:

Many times the “punch” is gone and we tend to trivialize Valentine’s Day.  You are constantly running the kids here and there and just the thought of getting dressed up to go out to dinner and to fight the crowds just makes you dizzy.  This is the perfect time to make it an opportunity to spend time together and make it special.  Get a babysitter or drop the kids off at the grandparents because this night is just for you two.

THE GIFT:

This year guys Valentine’s Day is on Sunday which actually gives you every opportunity to get it right.  What DOES SHE WANT?  As a female, married and has kids…  I would LOVE a day for myself and preferably spent at the spa.  What a great gift!  Check out your local spas and pick-up a gift certificate or better yet book her an appointment.  We love massages, facials, pedicures, manicures any cures!  You can even present her your  Valentine Card early, make it romantic; make it funny we love them both and enclose inside your gift of a spa certificate or the time and place of her treatment.  If she’s not a go to the spa kind of girl, why not check out a beautiful Spa Gift Basket?  She can pamper herself at home with all the delicious treats to go with it.  We also love jewelry; a beautiful new necklace (it doesn’t need to be expensive) would be nice.  You can always be traditional as well with a heart-shaped box of chocolates and a bouquet of our favorite Valentine flowers.

THE DATE:

After a luxurious day at the spa on Saturday, Sunday will be a breeze!  You can decide to spend the day with the kids and share Valentines all the way around or grab that sitter and head out on the town for a beautiful dinner and perhaps a trip to the theater or movies.  There should be lots of good “date movies” out there so decide early so you are sure to get a seat.  Not feeling the out on the town thing this year; that’s certainly not a problem either.  Pick up or go hunt up those all-time favorite chick-flicks that she’s bought over the years.  Just to name a few I know you own at least one of these favorites; Sleepless in Seattle, Casablanca,  Love Story, Titanic, When Harry met Sally, 50 First Dates, Ghost, An Affair to Remember or my favorite The Notebook.  Grab a warm blanket and snuggle together with a bottle of wine and enjoy your quiet evening together.

CookingWithMichele.com’s Lamb and Barley Stew

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This posts marks the start of a regular feature on our blog: Our Favorite Recipes! We’re contacting some of our favorite food bloggers and asking them for a recipe to highlight on our blog.

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Michele from the Cooking With Michele blog.  Michele resides in the wonderful state of Colorado as well, in Denver to be exact, and has been cooking since age 5 in her Easy Bake Oven! Since then, she’s been a part of 10 different cooking schools, and is quite the talented chef. She selected her Lamb and Barley Stew recipe to share with our readers!

You can view the Lamb and Barley Stew recipe in its entirety, and it’s definitely BisketBaskets approved! It looks absolutely delectable, and you can assured we’ll be trying it out in our own kitchens soon, too. Let us know how you liked it, and be sure to try Michele’s other delicious recipes!

Send a Special Message In Your Bouquet

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The language of flowers has been around for centuries, as many young lovers looked for ways to communicate without having to write letters or actually meet in person to express feelings. Each and every bloom has an assigned meaning or significance when given to someone special, either alone or in combination with other flowers. Many people, throughout the years, have even written entire love letters in the language of flowers by using specific combinations of flowers in an arrangement.

This Valentine’s Day, if you want to give your special someone something truly wonderful, consider communicating in the language of flowers with your loved one by sending bouquets that include some of these blooms with a special meaning:

Baby’s Breath: purity, innocence, pure of heart.

Camellia: There are a variety of meanings depending on color. Red for excellence. White means adorable and lovely. Pink for “I long for your touch.” Blue means “You are the flame in my heart.”

Carnations: Fascination, admiration, pure love, and “My heart yearns for you.”

Daisy: Cheerfulness, “You’re a wonderful friend”, loveliness, optimism, and abundance.

Forget-Me-Nots: faithful, undying love, “Do not forget”, and memories.

Iris: “Your friendship means the world to me”, faith, hope, and beauty.

Lily of The Valley: Sweetness, “You complete my life”, and the return of happiness.

Orchid: Love, beauty, refinement, and exotic.

Peonies: Happy marriage and prosperity. In China, the word for peony is sho yu meaning “most beautiful”.

Roses: All roses represent love, though each color sends a different message. Red means love, respect, courage. Pink means grace, perfect happiness. Dark pink means gratitude. Light pink means admiration, sympathy. White means innocence, purity, secrecy, “I’m worthy of you” and “You’re heavenly”. Yellow means platonic love or friendship. Orange means passion, desire. Blue means extraordinary, mystery. Red and White means unity.

Sunflowers: Adoration, pride, and of course, sunshine!

And they call it PUPPY LOVE

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We just love our four-legged pets here at BisketBaskets.com and so it’s only fitting that we include gifts for them with our Pet Valentine’s Day gift baskets.  We can’t be too far off on this loveable holiday as our Valentine gift baskets for dogs are some very popular gifts being sent each and every year.

With so many of us waiting until everything is just “right” before we have children, many have replaced this emptiness in their lives with pets; dogs, cats, ferrets etc.  The same with those of us among us whose children have left the nest and once again they feel the need to nurture and love.  They have met that emptiness in their lives once again by adopting pets.  So when it comes to taking a step towards displaying that love and devotion that we share with our pets it’s only natural for us to want to gift our four-legged furry friends with a pet Valentine’s Day gift.

Love at First Bite

Love at First Bite by Bisket Baskets

At BisketBaskets.com we offer beautiful Valentine dog gifts.  Filled with delicious bakery fresh biscuits in assorted flavors, sizes and shapes your favorite canine will be giving  you doggie kisses for quite some time.

Looking for Valentines Day gifts for your sweet heart?  We offer a scrumptious variety of beautiful and unique gifting opportunities for you with Valentine’s Day floral arrangements, Valentine gift baskets, Valentines Day cookie baskets and even the sweetest Valentines Day candy basket!

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Valentine Reese's by Bisket Baskets

Start Thinking About Your Valentine!

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Although we just rang in a new year, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! So you don’t end up stressed and looking for the perfect gift at the last minute, BisketBaskets.com has a few great ideas on how you can gift your valentine. Start preparing today by checking out a few of these suggestions:

An Indoor Picnic
Plan a picnic for you both – in the great indoors – by spreading a blanket across your living room floor. Then, add a Gourmet Food Basket filled with delicious treats, a bottle of wine, and some romance. Sounds a lot better than trying to find a restaurant reservation!

Send Something Special
If you and your valentine will be celebrating apart this year, make sure you send something special and sweet, like a Cookie Bouquet that’ll look stunning when displayed on her desk at work or on the kitchen table. Besides being beautiful, this gift idea is the perfect fit for a loved one’s sweet tooth, as this bouquet isn’t filled with flowers, but instead, hand decorated butter crème cookies. Yum!

The Classics
You can always go for the classic flowers and combination too! BisketBaskets.com now carries a beautiful selection of fresh flowers that can come delivered to your door ready for gifting. Add on a box of chocolates at the checkout and you’re done! Fast, easy, and always a favorite!